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Orange County Veteran's Cemetery

Irvine voters have spoken. By a margin of 63%, they rejected an action taken by the City Council to swap the 125 acres of land in the Great Park designated for the Veterans Cemetery for private-developer owned land near the freeway. It’s clear the people want the Veterans Cemetery to be part of the transformation of the El Toro Marine Base where so many service men and women served, were deployed and returned — if they were lucky.

Playing politics with the veterans is inexcusable. So was giving $30 million dollars dedicated to building the Veterans Cemetery back to the state to make it seem as if we could not build the cemetery on the original site. It’s one thing to work with developers. It’s another to give them control over a public project. We are custodians of the Orange County Great Park, here in the City of Irvine. And we must do right by supporting the Orange County Veterans Cemetery — a small thank you for the sacrifices made by those who have served honorably.

The citizens voted. The veterans are waiting. We must move forward on this project and honor our commitment to our Orange County veterans.

Committee to Elect Farrah N. Khan for Irvine City Council 2018 FPPC #1379227
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